Bedford man heading to prison in shaken baby case

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BEDFORD COUNTY, PA – A 23-year-old man is heading to prison for up to 15 years as a result of a shaken baby case that nearly killed a young child.

Attorney General Michelle Henry announced that Jensun Claycomb, 23, of Bedford County was sentenced to 6 to 15 years in prison for charges related to the near death of his then six-month-old baby in September 2020.

“Intentional physical abuse of an innocent baby is one of the most heinous acts we come across, because the abuse often has life-long consequences for the child,” said AG Henry. “Thanks to the hard work of the investigators and prosecutors in our office, this man will be held accountable for his actions. We will continue to prosecute child abusers and seek justice for the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.”

According to police, on September 1, 2020, first responders were called to Claycomb’s home where they found the six-month-old without a pulse.

“Claycomb had violently shaken her causing her to go into cardiac and respiratory arrest. The first responders were able to revive the baby who proceeded to spend five days in the Intensive Care Unit,” police said. “The child later endured brain surgery to relieve pressure that had built up in her head as a result of the assault. CT scans demonstrated that the baby had been shaken multiple times prior to the September 2020 incident.”

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